You know we've been down in a series before against them, they've been down and both teams have come back.
After being officially eliminated from playoff contention Friday night when the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in a shootout, the Canadiens battled to a 6-5 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night at the Bell Centre to finish the season with a 44-30-8 record.
Many Leafs who were part of that game have talked about redemption this spring, and how the hard loss - the Leafs had a 4-3 lead entering the third period - now serves as a source of inspiration.
Boston's final three goals in a 7-4 loss. "But it's more just sort of past playoff experiences", Marchand said. The Jets then travel to St. Louis for Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-seven series on Sunday and Tues.
"I read the scouting report, it never said he was going to get four on "Hockey Night in Canada" in the Forum", said Leafs coach Mike Babcock.
"I can tell you right now, we can't find another one (of Gardiner's calibre)". Yes, Toronto is one of the league's eight best and neither of these teams deserves to be kicked out too early, but I think Boston has the advantage. Do the Bruins send Bergeron and Chara out against Matthews when they have the last change at home, try them against Tavares and Marner, or split up the assignments?
Is another Game 7 overtime victor from Bergeron too much to ask for?
Jake Gardiner, left, may not be 100 per cent healthy to begin the Stanley Cup playoffs after returning to the Leafs' lineup for their final two regular-season contests following an 18-game absence with a back injury. We've all experienced what it's like to lose.
"Last year is last year".
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"It was, for sure, a couple of weeks", he said. It was tough. But I have a good support system and my family is supportive.
Gardiner had three goals and 27 assists in 62 games this season.
The key for the Leafs is to steal one of the first two games in Boston, and Toronto should have a good shot at accomplishing that considering its 23-12-6 record (fourth-best in the league) on the road. But I think that the team we have is so special. And in a way that really takes advantage of the intimacy, immediacy, and mobility of the iPhone.
Gardiner said parenthood is giving him much-needed perspective.
It's going to be another long off-season for the Canadiens and their fans after missing the playoffs for the second straight year, but the future looks a lot brighter now with Poehling in it.
"The bottom line is the series is going to start in two days and the team that's most ready to play is going to have success", Babcock said.
"There's lots of people here that like to get things going".
The Leafs held a slight edge over the Bruins in the standings on January 19 before Boston went 15-0-4 over its next 19 games - the second-longest point streak in franchise history - to pull away and secure home-ice in the first round by a comfortable seven-point margin. The Maple Leafs, on the other hand, have struggled a bit in the spot they are in here tonight as they have gone just 2-7 in their last nine playoff games and they are an terrible 1-6 in their last seven games where they faced a team with a winning record.
"That guys going to play until he's 50", Marchand said with a laugh.